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Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and the second-smallest planet in the Solar System after Mercury. In English, Mars carries a name of the Roman god of war and is often referred to as the 'Red Planet'. The latter refers to the effect of the iron oxide prevalent on Mars' surface, which gives it a reddish appearance distinctive among the astronomical bodies visible to the naked eye. Mars is a terrestrial planet with a thin atmosphere, having surface features reminiscent both of the impact craters of the Moon and the valleys, deserts, and polar ice caps of Earth.

Autonomous Systems Help NASA’s Perseverance Do More Science on Mars

“A computer pilot helps NASA’s six-wheeled geologist as it searches for rock samples that could be brought to Earth for deeper investigation. In about a third of the time it would have taken other NASA Mars rovers, Perseverance recently …

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Flies Again After Unscheduled Landing

“The helicopter performed a short hop to help the team better understand why its previous flight was interrupted. NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter successfully completed its 54th flight on Aug. 3, the first flight since the helicopter cut its July …

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Sees Mars in a New Light

“A cutting-edge instrument called SHERLOC, which hunts for molecules potentially related to ancient life, played a key role in a recent study. In its first 400 days on Mars, NASA’s Perseverance rover may have found a diverse collection of …

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Phones Home

“The intrepid rotorcraft may head skyward again within the next couple of weeks. The 52nd flight of NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter is now in the official mission logbook as a success. The flight took place back on April 26 …

NASA’s Curiosity Captures Martian Morning, Afternoon in New ‘Postcard’

“Lighting from two times of day was combined for a stunning view of terrain that the rover is leaving behind. After completing a major software update in April, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover took a last look at “Marker Band …

Why – and How – NASA Gives a Name to Every Spot It Studies on Mars

“Martian maps are full of monikers recognizing places on Earth, explorers, and even cartoon characters. NASA’s Perseverance rover is currently investigating rock outcrops alongside the rim of Mars’ Belva Crater. Some 2,300 miles (3,700 kilometers) away, NASA …

Images From NASA’s Perseverance May Show Record of Wild Martian River

“Evidence left in rocks is leading scientists to rethink what watery environments looked like on ancient Mars. New images taken by NASA’s Perseverance rover may show signs of what was once a rollicking river on Mars, one that was …

China’s Mars rover likely idled by sunlight-blocking dust - designer

“China’s fully robotic rover on Mars, in longer-than-expected hibernation since May 2022, likely met with excessive accumulation of sand and dust, its mission designer said, breaking months of silence about the status of the vehicle. The motorised rover Zhurong …

NASA InSight Study Provides Clearest Look Ever at Martian Core

“A pair of quakes in 2021 sent seismic waves deep into the Red Planet’s core, giving scientists the best data yet on its size and composition. While NASA retired its InSight Mars lander in December, the trove of data …

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Completes 50th Flight

“This image of NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter was taken by the Mastcam-Z instrument of the Perseverance rover on June 15, 2021. The location, Airfield D, is just east of the Séítah geologic unit. This image of NASA’s Ingenuity …